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365 Language Learning Quick Tips

Quick Tips

Well, we promised you a 365 quick tips list for your language learning journey. Without further ado L-Lingo brings to you, the first of its kind, 365 language learning quick tips! Be sure to use these whenever you can to get the most out of your studies, and most important- remember to have FUN!

*Don’t say we never gave you anything nice 😄

 

  1. Switch your phone to your target language. (Be sure you know how to switch it back).
  2. Singing songs in your target language is a fun way to practice pronunciation.
  3. Write vocabulary words down as you practice them. It helps to activate your memory bank!
  4. Be confident!
  5. Laughing relaxes the body, and the body is more receptive to new ideas.
  6. Set a goal for yourself, always!
  7. Imagine your success, your imagination is your limit.
  8. Focus on certain topics in a language.
  9. Use a time-constrained schedule.
  10. Read as much as you possibly can.
  11. Learn how to study your language as effectively as possible.
  12. Learn as much as you can about language learning (study techniques, memory techniques, etc…)
  13. Mimic the mouth movements of a native speaker.
  14. Practice shadowing movies or music videos in your language learning.
  15. Be sure your language learning study method and the environment are in complete harmony.
  16. Roleplay in your target language.
  17. Participate in a skit or performance involving your target language.
  18. Apply the 80/20 rules
  19. Try practicing the art of storytelling to others.
  20. Schedule dinner with your language learning teacher.
  21. Learn from your mistakes, and then keep making them.
  22. Make your own personal diary in your target language.
  23. Create a blog to help you express your language learning journey.
  24. Change your laptop into your target language.
  25. Use colors when taking language notes to improve memory retention.
  26. In your free time watch a drama series or two without subtitles.
  27. Get friends who are learning the same language as you to speak with you.
  28. Put sticky notes on objects you know the vocabulary for.
  29. Study to music without lyrics for a less distracting session.
  30. Don’t be afraid to speak, ever.
  31. You’re going to make a lot of mistakes, accept it.
  32. Start with the learning the most 100 common words, and build your way up from there.
  33. Walk around with a pocket dictionary, whether it be on your phone or another medium
  34. Figure out pronunciation patterns to make grammar easier.
  35. Use audio to accompany your vocabulary learning, especially for the first 100 words.
  36. After 100 words try becoming conversational by switching up patterns and phrases.
  37. Study with intense concentration and aim for the ‘brain melt.’ You’ll feel exhausted, but it’s just your mind getting a good work out.
  38. Utilize flash cards to implement spaced repetition into your language schedule.
  39. Date somebody who speaks the target language.
  40. There are hundreds of thousands of language tutors online if you’re too shy for real life.
  41. Google Translate can be helpful at times, but don’t overuse it.
  42. A lot of people want to help you learn their language so don’t be afraid to ask questions.
  43. You might sound like a child early on, but that’s okay. Embrace your inner toddler.
  44. Look up words while you’re doing your grocery shopping
  45. Read a book in your target language before you go to sleep.
  46. Eavesdrop whenever possible in complete silence.
  47. Try speaking to strangers every so often, it might seem dangerous but that’s a part of language learning, risk.
  48. Take local language classes if you have the chance. It’s not embarrassing and you just might learn a lot more than you originally thought.
  49. Tell your family or support that you’re learning a language. Some of their reactions might be over the top but other times you’ll have their full support.
  50. Learn to do your hobbies in your target language.
  51. Order food from your favorite restaurant in your target language.
  52. Eat healthier foods, your brain needs it!
  53. Learn new information from different points of view.
  54. Don’t worry about being a teacher’s pet, sit at the front of the class ALL the time.
  55. Keep up to date with language reviews.
  56. Read language notes aloud, or anything for that matter.
  57. Reward yourself at the end of a study session.
  58. If you’re feeling stressed be sure to stretch, even in the middle of a study session.
  59. Go to karaoke alone, and sing a song in your target language
  60. GET ENOUGH SLEEP!
  61. Dehydration only makes learning harder, be sure to drink enough water.
  62. If you’re listening to music while studying, be sure it’s in your target language.
  63. Take advantage of the kinesthetic relation between your body and your memory.
  64. Teach what you’ve learned to others.
  65. Create vivid pictures/stories to help you remember vocabulary.
  66. Draw the words that you learn, and think of their meaning at the same time.
  67. Use diagrams to help you understand grammar better.
  68. Switch off your phone while you study.
  69. Write your favorite cooking recipe in your target language.
  70. Study in a dimly light room. Too much light is distracting and too little is relaxing.
  71. Practice, practice, practice!
  72. Find out your personality and how it relates to language learning.
  73. Study in a group with the same interests.
  74. Reflect on your language learning progress once a week.
  75. Focus on the process and the overall progress.
  76. Use metaphors to help you understand slang and common phrases.
  77. Practice reciting poems in the language to improve comprehension.
  78. Make an imaginary friend practice with when you don’t have any practice partners.
  79. Use your emotions to match the words and grammar you’re learning.
  80. Build new relations of words using old ones. Slowly, but surely.
  81. Sign a contract to someone saying that you’ll only speak your target language for ‘x’ amount of time.
  82. Use your fingers and hands to keep track of new words learned. A tip is to use a non-permanent, non- toxic method.
  83. Create an imaginary room. In this room give names and characteristics to the items of created.
  84. Keep it interesting!
  85. Don’t force yourself to learn things you’re not interested in.
  86. Always focus on the important pieces of the language.
  87. Learn as you need to, don’t mindlessly follow a textbook.
  88. Practice moving your face muscles using sounds.
  89. Study in complete silence, with no distractions.
  90. Ask why.
  91. Language learning will eventually form a logical pattern in the process.
  92. Find your peak mental hours.
  93. Create your own examples when learning a new grammar concept or vocabulary words
  94. Get a tutor who focuses on certain topics, preferably a native.
  95. Create a habit that makes it hard to avoid language learning.
  96. Challenge yourself, never doubt your intelligence.
  97. Put yourself in moments of great stress to trigger your fight or flight response. You’ll be forced to speak in order to survive.
  98. Take up a hobby to supplement your language learning.
  99. Do a light warm up before you start a hardcore study session
  100. Use different resources from online content, aka use multiple media sources.
  101. Participate in volunteer work. I.e Get involved with helping refugees our participate in non-profit organizations.
  102. Keep positivity in your circle all the time. Always avoid negative nancies when studying a language.
  103. Actually, USE the language.
  104. Culturally appreciate the language and define yourself as a member of that community.
  105. Give 110% percent all the time!
  106. Remember that you’re not alone
  107. Have fun.
  108. Listen to vocabulary tapes throughout the day.
  109. Study in a clean environment to minimize distractions.
  110. Make a language learning diary and be sure to take lots of notes.
  111. Always be researching opportunities to travel to the country
  112. Offer lessons to those in need of support.
  113. Host a book club in your target language.
  114. Go on a field trip with other language learners.
  115. Have a map, globe or atlas to help you with geographic issues.
  116. Try becoming Shakespeare for a day or two, you’d be surprised at what you came up with.
  117. Practice more social activities.
  118. Try playing word board games in your target language with others.
  119. Keep a calendar to manage your progress and motivation.
  120. Read picture books instead of long novels.
  121. Play “Eye Spy” on a road trip.
  122. Practice skipping, walking and talking to improve motor skills for better memory.
  123. Create a timeline of what you did for the week.
  124. Join a Facebook group with similar minded people.
  125. If you’re having trouble finding native speakers to speak with, host a party and invite everyone.
  126. Be careful of your mood when studying.
  127. However long you’ve been studying, increase the time by x2.
  128. Have a set plan before diving into your language study session.
  129. See the future! Imagine the day when you’re finally fluent.
  130. Do a light review before bedtime.
  131. Experiment using acronyms if you feel short on vocabulary.
  132. Review more.
  133. Always be ready to take notes.
  134. Talk to yourself.
  135. Practice interpretation from time to time.
  136. Keep your notes understandable.
  137. Keep your notes interesting.
  138. Keep your notes creative.
  139. If in a classroom setting, write everything on the whiteboard.
  140. Make your memory as graphic as possible in order to remember key concepts.
  141. Reward yourself, don’t punish yourself.
  142. Practice tandem with a native speaker.
  143. Multi-task from time to time but make sure you don’t overdo it.
  144. Color code your notes.
  145. Stop procrastinating, it’s not going to learn itself.
  146. Start with the fun topics first.
  147. Know your learning style, its strengths, and weaknesses.
  148. Ask questions, lots of them.
  149. Create your own study guide.
  150. Take quizzes based on your personalized study guide.
  151. Create a visual map of what you plan to study.
  152. Schedule your future travel journey’s based on your target language.
  153. Practice moving your face muscles to master pronunciation.
  154. Learn grammar in context, not by itself.
  155. Learn vocabulary in context.
  156. Create your own list of sentences after learning new vocabulary words.
  157. Make up your own scenarios and practice them.
  158. Get a friend or native speaker to practice dialogue conversations.
  159. Learn in a group of people who have different learning techniques for a better study technique.
  160. Remember to smile with confidence every time you speak your target language.
  161. Find unique ways to study, don’t always stick to the textbook.
  162. Try different mediums of study (textbook, audio, online app etc.
  163. Play video games with subtitles.
  164. Learn with information pyramids.
  165. Don’t stress yourself, you’ll become fluent one day – remember that.
  166. Everyone learns at their own pace, don’t feel like you’re too slow or too fast.
  167. Practice speed reading when you’re not doing anything else.
  168. Use the dictionary feature on the Kindle reader.
  169. Listen to children stories on youtube in your target language.
  170. Keep yourself motivated with language learning quotes.
  171. Write something every day in your target language.
  172. Get inspired by watching other language learners on Youtube.
  173. Don’t be like every other language learner and learn the swear words first.
  174. Focus on certain topics rather than generalizing when learning vocabulary.
  175. Make your flashcards flashy and colorful.
  176. Point to things while you’re out in the open and see if you can name them in your target language.
  177. Don’t forget to learn your dates, times and numbers early on.
  178. Don’t be afraid to speak, language is sound.
  179. Get an even amount of input and output.
  180. If you start to dream in your target language, you’re close – keep going.
  181. Follow cooking recipes in your target language.
  182. If you get bored while studying change the way you study.
  183. We have short attention spans so be careful of your surrounding environment when studying.
  184. If you choose to procrastinate, do so productively.
  185. Every study session doesn’t have to be hardcore, balance between passive and active studying.
  186. Write everything you learn on a whiteboard.
  187. Join an online language forum.
  188. Record yourself speaking the language.
  189. Use an online flashcard app.
  190. Learn how to implement spaced repetition into your language learning routine.
  191. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  192. Take advantage of free online courses.
  193. Remember that language learning is an investment.
  194. Keep progress of your language learning using charts.
  195. Create an infographic about how you want to learn your language.
  196. Make word clouds to learn vocabulary about specific topics.
  197. If you’re not sure about the pronunciation of a word, use Google or Forvo to hear it.
  198. If you’re feeling too lazy to read use Amazon Audible reader.
  199. Pen and paper are your best friends.
  200. Don’t stick to one study method, explore your options.
  201. Associate new knowledge with real-life events.
  202. Make a comic strip using your target language.
  203. Set up a bookmark folder with all your language learning resources.
  204. Read lots of articles about the origin of the language you’re studying.
  205. Read lots of articles about the culture of the language you’re studying.
  206. Get a set of new hobbies in your target language.
  207. Imagine you’re giving a tour of your city in your target language.
  208. Use picture dictionaries to help you with the context of your language.
  209. Search for easy to understand audiobooks in your target language.
  210. Install a dictionary app on your phone or computer.
  211. Install a phrasebook app on your phone.
  212. Ask native speakers to repeat things you don’t understand.
  213. It’s okay to be embarrassed if you say the wrong thing.
  214. Embrace your mistakes, they’ll make you better.
  215. Stuff your kitchen with food items from your target country.
  216. Look for graded books in your target language.
  217. Experiment finding the right penmanship for you.
  218. Fill your room with posters with your target language.
  219. Watch the news in your target language.
  220. Make friends with native speakers.
  221. Write a short story in your target language.
  222. Get a pet a talk to it in your target language.
  223. Visit the local embassy or consulate for educational purposes.
  224. Try to get a job at a local embassy or consulate.
  225. Whatever you watch, what it twice. Once in your native and once in your target language.
  226. Be a child again. Play with toys in your target language.
  227. Go shopping for clothes in your target language.
  228. Count your money in your target language.
  229. Treat yourself to a sweet treat from your target country once you’ve reached a milestone.
  230. Tell everybody you know that you’re learning a foreign language. That way you’ll be held to a certain standard.
  231. Listen closely to the store clerks when ever you go shopping.
  232. Explore places you normally wouldn’t go and speak to natives.
  233. Ask native speakers about slang terms and unique phrases.
  234. Don’t hesitate to learn another dialect of the language, it’ll improve comprehension skills.
  235. Watch a documentary in your target language.
  236. Create your own facebook group about language learning.
  237. Do crossword puzzles in your target language.
  238. Play scrabbles in your target language.
  239. Follow the daily lifestyle of natives to your target language.
  240. Put your phone in airplane mode when you study.
  241. Be creative when creating sentences.
  242. Translate your favorite joke into your target language.
  243. Practice tongue twisters in your target language.
  244. Think about the language as a new gateway to experiences.
  245. You have five senses, use them all to help you learn a language.
  246. Don’t be afraid to learn like a kid again, we were all kids once.
  247. Stick with an activity even when challenges arise.
  248. Pay attention to specific details when learning grammar.
  249. Play around with what you know don’t be stagnant.
  250. Try not to hang out with your native friends too much of the time.
  251. Identify anything that blocks you from your learning path and remove it.
  252. If you’re feeling down just remember to think about all the benefits the new language will bring you.
  253. Use gestures when you’re not sure what something means.
  254. Learn how to say “What is this/that.”
  255. Learn basic phrases such as “How are you?” and put them to use.
  256. Reflect on your learning habits and determine the best way for you to learn the language.
  257. Wear clothes from your target language country.
  258. Form a cultural bond with your target language country.
  259. Exchange information about cultures in your target language.
  260. Become familiar with local festivals and celebrations.  
  261. Use toothpaste and shampoo from your target language country.
  262. Design a custom-made calendar in your target language listing the country’s holidays.
  263. Learn outdoors. You’ll get fresh air and perhaps even learn better.
  264. Watch TV Advertisements in your target language.
  265. Post motivational quotes around the house.
  266. Don’t fear the grammar, embrace it.
  267. If you’re going to study in front of the T.V at least make sure you’re watching a show in your target language.
  268. Install your target language keyboard on your computer.
  269. When you learn a new word, write it down ten times.
  270. Make sure you understand the core of what you’re learning, and build upon it.
  271. Keep a healthy body and mind, be sure to exercise regularly.
  272. Go somewhere new, a change of scenery helps a great deal!
  273. Tell your friends if you’re too busy studying to hang out, they’ll understand.
  274. If you can’t motivate yourself to study, it’s time to find a new place.
  275. Focus on how far you’ve come rather than how much is left.
  276. Practice writing and giving a speech in your target language.
  277. Have a debate with your friends in your target language about serious topics.
  278. Try to speak at the same time as a character in your favorite movie or TV show.
  279. Match your emotions with your language output, don’t be monotone.
  280. Always listen for new words and phrases when you’re out in public.
  281. Speak to strangers, but be careful.
  282. When shopping try bargaining down prices in your target language.
  283. Make Videos of yourself talking the language in order to become a confident speaker in real life situations.
  284. Use the time on weekends and public holidays for an extra study session. Plan it in advance!
  285. It’s better to give 100% for 15 minutes than 50% for 30 minutes. So make sure you are well rested!
  286. If you are a beginner, children books are often a good starter to practise reading.
  287. Look on twitter and facebook for people to follow in your target language.
  288. Read the Creative Language Learning Series on the L-Lingo Blog.
  289. Read magazines of your interests in your target language and choose ones that match your level.
  290. Check for meetups in your town to join like minded people in their language learning journey.
  291. When you visit the country, go and stay at small places in the countryside where they don’t speak much English.
  292. Make a list of your hobbies and translate them into your target language.
  293. Set a daily recurring event in your calendar for your study sessions. Find a time of day that you are free most of the time (e.g. early morning)
  294. Search for Youtubers in your target language and subscribe to their channel.
  295. Get a flag of your target country and hang it in your room.
  296. Learn and translate the national anthem of the country you learn the language.
  297. Travel alone to the country and avoid speaking your native tongue completely.
  298. Play Pictionary in the language you are learning.
  299. Listen to an internet radio station from your favorite country!
  300. Go to a big supermarket and look for imported food products from your target country and read their labels.
  301. Watch movie trailers in your favorite language and write down the unfamiliar words.
  302. Look for podcasts about the language you study and subscribe to them.
  303. Learn some popular tongue breakers in your target language.
  304. Work at the local library and do some research on your target language.
  305. Work as a tour guide for your country.
  306. Watch some funny bloopers on youtube.
  307. Take practice tests from your target language.
  308. Try learning different accents and dialects from your target language.
  309. Join a sports club in the country that you’re studying in if you’re an exchange student.
  310. Create a workout plan in your target language (get fit at the same time).
  311. Count down from 100 in your target language before you go to sleep.
  312. Speak in different tones of voice to get a feel for pronunciation.
  313. Ask a native speaker to correct you while in mid-conversation.
  314. Don’t be afraid to speak about sensitive topics.
  315. Avoid simple conversation as much as possible.
  316. If using simple conversation, be quick about it.
  317. Get a job at a local convenience store to practice the formal language.
  318. Learn the basics structures of phrases. That way you can switch out words easily.
  319. Listen to conversations in crowded places and see what you can pick out.
  320. Listen to tons of audio until the language doesn’t just sound like white noise.
  321. Use a desktop lamp with a brilliant array of colors.
  322. Mark words that you don’t understand in books with a marker.
  323. Burn flashcards you’ve mastered already.
  324. Watch cartoons in the target language.
  325. Trace out words in the air with your finger.
  326. Try pacing back and forth while blabbering about situations.
  327. Try to say simple sentences backwards.
  328. Play a game of jump rope and say a word for each time you jump.
  329. If your language is tonal, try humming out the tones when you’re idle.
  330. Look at your watch and learn how to say the time.
  331. Plan your weekdays and weekend in your target language.
  332. Draw vocabulary words using big, beautiful fonts and penmanship.
  333. Compare your language learning to gardening (seed, plant, and grow)
  334. Use an hourglass for your study sessions.
  335. Use an app like pomodoro to time your study sessions.
  336. Talk to the flight attendant on an airplane.
  337. Watch the movie trailers and then translate them.
  338. Teach your family members some of your target language.
  339. Re-enact famous plays or dramas with friends in your target language.
  340. Buy make-up in your target language.
  341. Read the safety instruction manual on a plane in your target language.
  342. Practice reading street signs and marks in your target language.
  343. Learn the letters of your alphabet.
  344. Say something everyday.
  345. Count your steps in your target language.
  346. Identify the words on money bills in your target language.
  347. Read credit card brochures in your target language (they’re everywhere).
  348. Envision a scenario where you have to spend money and act it out in your target language.
  349. Fill an empty bottle with one tic-tac for every word you master.
  350. Everytime you fill a page in your notebook, switch colors.
  351. Read instruction manuals in your target language.
  352. If you buy a foreign car listen to the GPS  .
  353. Read ancient literature from your target language country.
  354. Set the dinner table and name all the utensils, glasses, and dishes.
  355. Name all the items in your clothing drawers.
  356. Practice speed reading in your target language.
  357. Try speaking at twice the normal speed to get used to pronunciation.
  358. Google daily problems in your target language.
  359. Share interesting facebook posts in your target language.
  360. Find a language partner and read aloud to each other.
  361. Turn sentences into questions .
  362. Translate the headers of the newspaper.
  363. Challenge yourself and translate an entire newspaper.
  364. Write an article in your target language.
  365. Read a quick tip every day!

 

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